Januuary 2017

It was with great sadness to learen of the death of Ross Macaky at the age of 77 after a long and distinguished career in academia. He made a siginificant contribution to regional economics and studies based upon his acknowledged experstise in a  Keynesian perspective on labour markets. As a great stalwart of URESG events  and activities he had a major impact on members of the Group, and was especially  influential on younger and newer ones.

The following two obituaries give some detail of Ross's contribution

University of Bangor and The Scottish Herald. He will be missed.

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March 2014

David Bailey, vice Chair of URESG, gave his inaugural lecture at the University of Aston entitled Brexit, UK Automotive and Implications for Industrial Policy. 


So what might Brexit mean for the UK automotive sector, and in turn for industrial policy in the UK? This inaugural lecture considers short run impacts, before turning to the impact of uncertainty on foreign direct investment inflows and then the nature of a possible trading relationship. Some concluding thoughts highlight the need for a renewed industrial policy to support UK auto and manufacturing, and reflects on the government's recent Industrial Strategy Green Paper.


David's presentation may be downloaded from the Aston Inaugurals website but a more comprehensive account can be found in his chapter in Bailey, D and Budd, L (2017) (eds) The Political Economy of Brexit Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Agenda Publish



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